November 20, 2019


The History of U.S. Customs Aviation

Pre 9-11



Presented by Sherry Ziegler,

US Customs & boarder Protection (Ret)

March Field Air Museum Library – Wednesday, November 20  - 7 pm 


Ms. Ziegler, retired Director, Information Systems, for the Department of Homeland security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center, will speak on the history of the U.S. Customs Service Aviation Program and its role in the “War on Drugs.” from the late 60’s to 9-11. 


Ms. Ziegler began her U.S. Customs Service career in 1986 as a founding member of the Air & Marine Operations Center the Department of the Treasury’s centralized Command and Control Center for general aviation narcotics interdiction operations. As a Detection Systems Specialist, she developed the operational use of complex sensor systems and databases focused on the halting the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. Quickly moving into a supervisory position, she oversaw counter-drug operations throughout the hemisphere. 


After 12-years, Ms. Ziegler moved into Information Systems overseeing the maintenance and operation of the Air and Marine Operations Surveillance System and other law enforcement computer systems supporting Air and Marine Program operations for the Department of the Treasury and subsequently the Department of Homeland Security. 


Ms. Ziegler has 41 years of government service with extensive time in command, control and intelligence operations with the Federal Government and the U.S. Air Force. She retired from Air Force Reserve where she served as an Intelligence Officer with the 452 AMW. Ms. Ziegler holds a Commercial-Instrument rating and held previous qualifications a sport parachutist.  For the last 2 years, she has served as a volunteer with the March Field Air Museum in the Collections Department.  



The Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is sponsored by the March Field Air Museum, and is dedicated to the local aviation and aerospace community. Monthly meetings are open to the public, with subjects of interest to the air-minded public presented including aviation and aerospace history, both civil and military, as well as new developments in these fields. Parking and admission are free for this event.


The March Field Air Museum is located in Riverside, California, at 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at the intersection of Van Buren Blvd. and the 215 Freeway) adjacent to March Air Reserve Base


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